Stone Roses – top rock albums

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Issue 91 of ‘Classic Rock’ magazine – published in April 2006 – featured the 100 Greatest British Rock Albums ever. As I am fortunate enough to have 60 of these in my collection, this is day 13 in a mini-series for Jemtunes – sample tracks from each of the albums I own from 100 through to 1.

Day 13: Number 73/100: Stone Roses – She bangs the drums (from Stone Roses – 1989)

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Stone Roses

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This is the front cover of the 2009 20th anniversary remastered edition of the Stone Roses debut album. Released in varying formats, this one includes the remastered original album, a coloured hardback photo book, a disc of lost demos and a DVD from a 1989 gig in Blackpool.

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As with most Stone Roses releases, the cover displays a work by John Squire. It is a Jackson Pollock-influenced piece titled “Bye Bye Badman,” which makes reference to the May 1968 riots in Paris. The cover was named by Q magazine as one of “The 100 Best Covers of All Time.” In the accompanying article, Q said: “Ian [Brown] had met this French man when he was hitching around Europe, this bloke had been in the riots, and he told Ian how lemons had been used as an antidote to tear gas. Then there was the documentary—-a great shot at the start of a guy throwing stones at the police. I really liked his attitude.” This story was also the inspiration for the lyrics to the song of the same name. The background of the piece is based on the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.

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